Teacher Unions have welcomed the decion by government to maintain 18th January as reopening date for primary and secondary schools in the country.
Basic Education Teachers Union of Zambia General Secretary HENRY SINKALA says school environments are actually safer for pupils because tecahers ensure that there is order unlike leaving them in the communities.
Mr SINKALA has urged Parents and guardians who are worried and sceptical about sending children to school to have a change of heart because pupils will be safer in schools.
He told ZNBC News in an interview that covid 19 is nolonger a strange disease because now people know how to protect themselves from the pandemic unlike the first time it hit thw country and schools were closed because it was a new disease.
Meanwhile Secondary Schools Teacher Union of Zambia SESTUZ General Secretary SITIBEKISO WAMUYUWA said the decision to still reopen schools is good but that government must ensure that all requisites to prevent covid 19 are in place to protect pupils and teachers.
Mr WAMUYUWA said the issue needs to be handled in carefully by ensuring that all health guidlines are followed to the latter.
Meanwhile a check around some schools in Lusaka found school managements making arrangements in readiness for reopening on monday.
And Munali Secondary Deputy Head Teacher
NOMTHIMBA MULENGA said the school is ready to have the pupils back because it has put in place necessary arrangements to ensure that pupils are safe from contracting covid 19.
Mrs MULENGA said there is no safer place for pupils than the school saying pupils will also be educated more on the dangers of covid 19 and that it has prepared enough sanitising and hand washing points and will ensure that pupils who will not have masks are provided with some.